Former business owner pleads guilty to sales tax evasion

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 4:56pm
Staff reports

Madget A. Tidwell, 49, past owner of Pizza Pro in Kingston Springs pleaded guilty Monday to one count of sales tax evasion, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

As part of the plea agreement, Tidwell is required to pay $11,357.80 in restitution to the State of Tennessee for sales tax she collected but intentionally did not remit from July 2006 through June 2007. Tidwell was sentenced to four years in the state penitentiary with all time suspended to probation, and she was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

Tidwell operated the Pizza Pro that was formerly located at 149 Dillard Court, Suite C in Kingston Springs.

“The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “This case serves as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee. We will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to maintain fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans.”

This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Dan M. Alsobrooks’ Office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).